#ThePowerOfX Speaker: Meet Brett Thompson

Brett Thompson takes to the TEDxCapeTown stage in 2021.

Brett Thompson is the Co-Founder and CEO of Mzansi Meat Co., Africa’s first cultivated meat company, the co-creator of Discourse ZA, and the co-founder of Credence Institute. Brett studied finance and economics at the University of Cape Town and Stellenbosch University; has worked in alternative protein and animal advocacy for more than a decade in both South Africa and Germany; and is constantly interested in the way we eat and how we can use innovation to drive better food systems.

With all of his research and work to back him, Brett will bring to the TEDxCapeTown stage the idea of food in abundance - where both humans and animals will benefit.

We asked Brett a couple of questions to help you get to know him, before he takes the TEDxCapeTown stage. 

What gets you out of bed in the morning? 

Creating value and being challenged in the process.

Your number one reason for wanting to give a TEDx talk this year. 

To tell the story of cultivated meat, correctly, to South Africans and the world.

Any favourite TED/ TEDx talk? 

"Is the world getting better or worse? A look at the numbers" by Steven Pinker

What's your X? AKA: What's something you're really great at?

I make the perfect cup of tea - let the bag steep for 2-3 minutes. Then stir clockwise before adding (soy) milk for 30 seconds. Then, stir rapidly when the milk is added for 5-10 seconds.

Which fictional character do you wish you could meet?